The Academy Awards are this weekend, and while those in the biz will likely spend the next few days primping for the big event, the rest of us have to worry about what pajamas to wear and what snacks to eat when we watch the show at home. Perhaps the best part of home viewing is the petty-comedic jabber during the red carpet arrivals. From “What the hell is she wearing?” to “I’m literally obsessed with that dress,” the Oscars are like the Olympics of glamour, and we can’t help but make our own calls about who deserves the gold medal. In the spirit of fashion month, we’ve selected a few looks from the 2011 spring collections that we’re hoping to see on some of our favorite top-nominated starlets.
Although she’s the face of the Miss Dior Chérie fragrance, we can’t help but envision pregnant Black Swan actress Natalie Portman draped in Chanel haute couture for the Oscars. The shimmering crystal bead embroidery and relaxed shape make for a dazzling statement, without sacrificing comfort.
While not everyone loved Michelle Williams‘ Valentino gown at the Golden Globes, there’s no denying that the Blue Valentine star knows how to have fun with fashion. The whimsical chiffon ruffles, lace embroidery, and cascading hemline of this Marchesa dress are elegant, with just the right amount of edge.
As a salute to old Hollywood style, we thought this couture number from Elie Saab would be a great way for newcomer Jennifer Lawrence to make her mark without trying to be too avant-garde. The cut is feminine and fresh for the Winter’s Bone actress, and the blush hue is a nice change from the bolder colors she’s been wearing this awards season.
Stylists for young actresses are always in a tricky situation. They want their girl to look both fashion-forward and age-appropriate. Stars like Kristin Stewart wear Reem Acra for her new youthful approach to eveningwear, like pairing this delicate gold sequined gown with a tough leather belt. We also think this touch is a nice nod to Hailee Steinfeld’s role in True Grit.
When it comes to style, we all know that Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t give a damn what we think. I mean, at the Golden Globes she wore two different color shoes with her Vivienne Westwood frock, and totally meant it. Besides Westwood, there aren’t many other designers that understand Carter’s brilliant-bizarre vision, which is why we turned to none other than Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture collection for inspiration. It was a toss-up between these two looks, so our hope is that she wears one to the show and one to the after-party, mismatched shoes and all.
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